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Hadrian's Villa

Rome, Italy
4.8 / 30
Hadrian's Villa is an incredible historical site located in Tivoli, Italy. Although the walk to the villa can be challenging in the summer heat, it is definitely worth the effort. The villa is filled with fascinating ancient constructions and beautiful spots to explore. We visited on a Saturday morning and spent nearly three hours wandering the site. We found plenty of shade throughout our visit, although there are areas that are exposed to the sun. It was interesting to see small groups with guides, and we were unsure if they were independent guides or ones that could be booked through the site. While we walked to the villa from our accommodation, there is parking available on-site for €3 for cars (motorbikes are free). Admission to the villa costs €13, but there is an option to purchase a combined ticket for €26, which includes entry to Villa D'Este and Santuario Ercole Vincitore. We highly recommend visiting Hadrian's Villa alongside Villa D'Este as they complement each other well. The grand size of the buildings, the layout of the terrain, and the historical significance of the complex, built by Emperor Hadrian, who was an art lover, make the trip more than worthwhile. It is like indulging in antiquity. We visited as part of a tour that also included Villa d'Este, so we cannot speak to the price of individual admission. However, if we did not have a tour guide, it would have been challenging to understand the significance of the villa and its history, as there were not many informational signs around the grounds. Nevertheless, the villa itself is truly stunning and definitely worth seeing. Hadrian's Villa offers a peaceful excursion just a short distance from Rome. It is a pleasant walk through fascinating ruins with breathtaking views. The only downside is that transportation away from the villa can be a bit challenging. Overall, Hadrian's Villa is an absolute must-visit. It provides an immersive experience in the past, surrounded by nature, in a remarkably preserved Roman site. Spending 2-3 hours exploring the villa is a rewarding experience. It is unfortunate that over time, the site has been stripped of its stones and marbles to construct nearby buildings. The archaeological park is vast and well-preserved, with buildings and structures that have stood the test of time. If traveling from Rome, you can easily reach the area by taking the Cotral Bus from Ponte Mammolo station (Metro B) to Tivoli, which takes approximately 45 minutes. From there, it is a walk of about 1.3 km to the park, as indicated by signs near the bus stop. There is also a local bus that passes by the park in Tivoli, but we were unaware of this at the time of our visit. We were impressed by the size of Hadrian's Villa, but unfortunately, we were unable to explore the entire site due to limited daylight. It's a shame that the villa was not preserved as it should have been in the past. Our tour guide explained that there was initially not enough funding to properly preserve the villa, resulting in much of it being reduced to rubble. However, it is still possible to imagine what the villa looked like in its heyday. Overall, the ancient buildings at Hadrian's Villa are remarkably well-preserved and offer a glimpse into the past. We recommend having a guide or a map to enhance your visit and better understand the significance of the ruins.



It's quite of a brutal walk in summer but we enjoyed it. Full of history and beauty although it would require a bit of maintenance of the surrounding .. Read more »
This place is amazing. Is a really big place, so you'll have to walk a lot, but it is totally worth it. They have amazing old constructions and some b.. Read more »
We came here before 0900h on a Saturday and spent almost three hours exploring the site (no audioguide or guide). We did find a decent amount of shade.. Read more »
A must see when you are in Tivoli together with villa D'Este. The grand size of the buildings, the layout of the terrain, and the historical signiface.. Read more »
We went here as part of a tour to Villa d'Este as well, so I can't speak to the price. If I didn't have a tour guide, I don't think I would've known w.. Read more »
Peaceful excursion within easy reach of Rome. Nice walk through interesting ruins and great views. Transportation away from the Villa can be a little .. Read more »
Absolutely a must visit. Don't know how I could have missed this so far. It's a walk in the past mixed in with nature, in a well preserved Roman site .. Read more »
Very nice and huge archaeological park. Buildings and structures are preserved well. From Rome you can reach this area with the Cotral Bus direction T.. Read more »
Really liked this place and boy, is it massive! It's too bad we weren't able to reach all the way to the back of the villa; we were running out of day.. Read more »
Most remarkable ancient buildings unbelievably well preserved for their age. An easy walk around the ruins. Would suggest having a guide or a map so .. Read more »
Historical site which has been well preserved and is well organised for tours. Audiovisual tour guides are available to rent (5€) and entry is also re.. Read more »
Hadrian's Villa is an immersive experience in Rome's imperial time. Hadrian's Villa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the ruins and archaeolo.. Read more »
Amazing and huge area. I liked it better than ruins in Rome. It's also much quieter, there is less people. We spent 2.5 hours there and had to rush in.. Read more »
Masterpiece of roman history. 2000 years, but still stands. Unbelievable big villa, to be honest - town. Very interesting to visit and see. Will spent.. Read more »
I really enjoyed my visit here, but it was too short. I think a person could spend three or four hours here, maybe more. The fact that this sprawling .. Read more »
Unfortunately it rained during our tour. But the tour guide was very knowledgeable. This place is a huge compound and would have been amazing in it's .. Read more »
Amazing, this is the best place I have visited for a long time. Its more than ruins, the building still have soul and the water landscape is impressiv.. Read more »
The site is huge and very peaceful in December. Parking was no issue and the olive groves are an added bonus. It's incredible how tile and paint can .. Read more »
Easy to get here from Tivoli on the cat bus number 4. 1.30 euro for the fare each way. Very quiet when we visited in October. Fantastic to see and you.. Read more »
My third time here. When I entered, I thought "Not stones again!" When I left, I thought "Wow, I would have liked to live here!" Walk through the whol.. Read more »
Just incredible. One of those places where you can lose yourself in ancient history for just a bit. Be sure to bring a water bottle if visiting in hot.. Read more »
Beautiful ruins of the ancient emperor's villa. Amazing place to walk around imagining how it just have been gloriously splendid 2000 years ago. Worth.. Read more »
One of those breath taking landmarks. It is unbelievable to imagine what this site used to be and that what is left over is nearly 2000 years old. It .. Read more »
A great escape from Rome! It is worth it to travel here from Rome if you are looking for one day or half day excursion. Villa Adrian is listed as UN.. Read more »
Astonishing site of epic Roman ambition and ingenuity. Well worth a visit. Sadly, the information boards are not particularly enlightening and would b.. Read more »
Monumental, historical Roman villa dating back ~120 DC. Great place, well maintained. I recommend to book a guided visit. Suggested
Excellent place to visit, although it doesn't have a lot of information when you are on the site.
I did not go in. So i can not sat. But from the pictures my wife took i can see it is a place you must visit
Wonderful. I loved it. Its so huge so bring the confort walking shoes and water. The visit takes time around 2 hours, so be ready. Have a nice visit... Read more »
I was driving travelling by car with my family. We drove from Rome to Tivoli and we visited Hadrian's Villa in the second week of July 2020. I find th.. Read more »
If thoroughly enjoyed it may take an entire day. Be aware that it may bore some not very fond of roman architecture. For any average person who apprec.. Read more »
May seem like a bunch of ruins from afar but archaeologists have already made great strides in understanding the site and its connection to the famous.. Read more »
Excellent place to visit to see the Roman Hadrian's former home. Spent about 3 hours here walking around the ruins. Easy to reach by bus from Tivoli t.. Read more »